NEW YORK//WASHINGTON (September 16, 2014)—The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate launched a new report, Better Climate, Better Growth: The New Climate Economy, that brings together research by leading global economists showing that the world can achieve economic growth and tackle climate change at the same time.
How should politicians prioritize between robust economic growth and solving the problem of climate change?
A new report reveals an encouraging answer: There’s no need to choose. Better Growth, Better Climate, finds that low-carbon investments—if done right—could cost about the same as conventional infrastructure, but would deliver significantly greater economic, social, and environmental benefits in the long-run.
Sixty percent of the largest U.S. companies have now set climate and energy goals to increase their use of renewable energy. The problem is that they face several market challenges in actually reaching these goals.
That's where the new Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles come in.
Andrew Steer's recent travels resonated a common narrative: our current, high-carbon path is not only bad for our planet—it’s bad economics, too. He also witnessed how, at three levels—political, analytical, and practical—global momentum is building for a low-carbon future.
While some companies are stepping forward on climate change policy, many others have remained quiet.
WRI worked with the UN and several esteemed partners on a Caring for Climate report to create a common standard for engaging corporate responsibly in climate policy debates. The guide represents a baseline for action and transparent reporting.
In the Strategic Plan we present WRI’s strategy for the coming four years. We will focus our activities on six global problems that must be addressed urgently this decade. We will do fewer projects at greater depth and scale, seeking tipping points and, together with partners, moving beyond them. And we will invest in creating open-source data, research, and visual information that are suited to today’s fast-paced and networked world. We look forward to working with our partners to tackle today’s urgent challenges and contribute to a more sustainable and prosperous world for all people.
For the first time, the meeting of many of the world’s pre-eminent political and business leaders held an official “Climate Day” to discuss the challenges posed by a warmer world. The day and the Forum’s several events and panels yielded encouraging talk—and the potential for some transformative initiatives.